365 Raw: Day 14 with “No Burn”

Suh-weet! Two weeks! I woke up the morning of Day 14 still wishing I could sleep in, but definitely having the energy I needed to get up and get going. I went to bed earlier than usual. I fully expected to wake this morning feeling so so sore after yesterday’s TaeKwonDo class… but I didn’t. I have a little tenderness in my back from all of those side and hook kicks, but that’s it.

burn banToday, I returned to spinning after being away for about 8 months. I braced myself for burning pain, fatigue, gasping for breath, noodly legs…etc. When I told the instructor it had been 8 months since I’d been there, she told me to listen to my body (code for “modify whatever you need to so that you don’t overdo it your first day back”). I fully intended to take it easy. I went in with the goal of just getting used to the bike again. I wasn’t going to worry about hills or speed or whatever… just make it an hour on that bike. I got there about 10 minutes early so that I could get the bike I wanted, and have time to get it set up. I began pedaling about five minutes before class started. I played with the tension. Kept pedaling. “Hmm, this doesn’t feel like I’ve taken 8 months off.”

Fire BanI promise you, I really did try to reign myself in, but I just couldn’t help it. I realized that I was actually trying to keep pace with the instructor, and was getting close! My breathing stayed very steady. No gasping. So I pushed harder. While others moaned about the burn, I thought, “I’m not burning.” I upped the tension, still no burn. I pushed myself, but I didn’t feel the discomfort that usually comes with doing so. By the half-way point, I realized that I had energy to spare, I didn’t need to hold back, so I decided to leave it all on the spinning room floor. It was tough, but I still felt no burn. I was sweating, but I still felt no burn. My breathing quickened, but… yep, no burn.

I did the entire class with a stupid grin on my face because I just could not force myself to look like I was about to die when I felt so amazing. I got more and more jazzed as the class went along. I wanted to shout, “Isn’t this awesome!!”, but I didn’t. I tried to reign in my enthusiasm, because almost everyone else looked so miserable, but that grin remained to the end. I had an overwhelming sense of gratitude coursing through my veins. I was keenly aware that I should thank God for the ability to participate in that workout today. Praise His Name!

*My “Fire Ban” photo was taken while on a camping trip with the family in the mountains during the fires we had here. We couldn’t build a fire, so I did a bit of reading and used the ban notices as a book mark… excellent book by the way 😉

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What I read: Job 38-39

10orangesWhat I ate:

  • Breakfast – Ten oranges juiced with electric citrus juicer
  • Lunch – 10 Bananas blended with 8oz of water.
  • Afternoon snack – 4 Medjool Dates
  • Dinner – 1/2 large watermelon, 1 lb romaine lettuce, 1 cup grape tomatoes, 1 cup golden tomatoes, with fruity dressing (1 cup grapes, 2 cuties, parsley, cilantro blended together)

What I did: Cycling Class (65 min) – 13.74 miles

Here are the notes I made regarding my symptoms throughout Day 14:

  • slowed digestion (gas, abdominal pain, bloating)
  • headaches
  • puffy hands, feet, and face
  • sinus congestion – none
  • dry/itchy eyes, skin, and scalp
  • acne – clearing, almost gone
  • aching muscles and muscle spasms
  • foggy brain
  • irritability
  • mood swings – better
  • blood sugar fluctuations
  • fatigue – better
  • unable to sleep well – slept well.
  • unquenchable thirst  – better
  • cravings – After today’s workout, why on earth would I crave junk food?!
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2 thoughts on “365 Raw: Day 14 with “No Burn”

  1. Awesome! Even better than how you feel every day is how you perform and recover when exercising with the lowfat vegan lifestyle! I’m still 100% vegan for the year and feeling great! I think my detox has been mild due to how I eased into this lifestyle starting a few months ago.

    You are an inspiration and are motivating me to get beyond the eliptical and get into more interesting forms of exercise.

    • Congratulations on still being 100% vegan! That’s terrific! Aren’t the results of eating this way fantastic! When we went 100% vegan over a year ago, I didn’t really have much detox either… adding the raw stipulation has been a whole other thing lol.

      Oh yes, by all means, find something more interesting than the elliptical lol.

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